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December 24, 2018

FLIR Provides Thermal Imaging For Next Generation DJI Mavic 2

Fully Integrated, Gimbal-Stabilized FLIR Lepton Micro-Camera Brings Thermal Vision To More Commercial Drone Pilots

FLIR Systems has announced that DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging, will integrate the FLIR Lepton micro thermal imaging camera within its DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drone. This fully integrated, compact, gimbal-stabilized system will expand the close-range capabilities of commercial pilots, helping them to work better, safer and quicker with side-by-side thermal imaging and visible imagery.

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ExpressJet Airlines Gains New Jets With Sale To ManaAir

Will Acquire 25 New Embraer E175-SC Airplanes

The ExpressJet Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), have been notified that United Airlines announced the award of 25 new Embraer E175-SC aircraft to ExpressJet as part of a deal that also includes the sale of ExpressJet from SkyWest Inc. to ManaAir LLC, in which United Airlines will own a minority interest. The sale is expected to be complete in early 2019.

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Airbus Helicopters VSR700 Demonstrator Flies Unmanned

Performs Compliance Flight Without Safety Pilot Onboard

The Airbus Helicopters VSR700 demonstrator took off for a fully unmanned autonomous flight at the military airbase in Istres in the south of France. The purpose of the flight was to establish compliance with the demanding regulatory and safety systems necessary for future unmanned flight in France.  During the exercise the demonstrator performed a 30 minute flight successfully executing a variety of flight patterns before landing in an autonomous mode. The unmanned air vehicle was piloted and monitored from the ground station located at the base.

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Insurer Not Liable For Drone Injury Under Aircraft Policy

Person Was Struck By A Drone During A Wedding

A judge has determined that an insurance company is not liable for an injury caused by a drone at a wedding in 2016 because of an exclusion against injuries caused by aircraft.

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Airspace Launches Galaxy Drone Security Solution

Former McAfee, FireEye CEO David DeWalt Joins Airspace Board of Directors

Airspace Systems has introduced Airspace Galaxy, the first family of fully-automated, always-on airspace security solutions that accelerate the integration of drones into cities and protects people and property -- on the ground and in the air -- from clueless, careless or criminal drone operators.

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Schiebel Demos New COMINT, Imaging Payloads To Australian Army

Camcopter S-100 Demonstration Took Place During Two-Week Exercise

Schiebel, in cooperation with ELTA Systems and Overwatch Imaging, recently integrated two new payloads for an active army exercise. The Australian Army conducted a two-week activity with the CAMCOPTER S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) to gain further insights into future capabilities and payloads in support of Project Land 129-3.

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Embraer Delivers Its 1,500th E-Jet To Horizon Air

Carrier Has Four More Scheduled For Delivery In 2019

Embraer recently celebrated the delivery of its 1,500th E-Jet, an E175, to Seattle-based Horizon Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska Air Group, Inc. Horizon Air’s E175 is configured with 12 seats in first class, 12 in premium class and 52 in the main cabin. By the end of the year, Horizon will have a fleet of 26 E175 with four more jets scheduled for delivery in 2019.

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In Search Of Missing Worlds, Hubble Finds A Fast Evaporating Exoplanet

Rare Find Of A Neptune-Sized Planet Orbiting Near Its Star

Fishermen would be puzzled if they netted only big and little fish, but few medium-sized fish. Astronomers likewise have been perplexed in conducting a census of star-hugging extrasolar planets. They have found hot Jupiter-sized planets and hot super-Earths (planets no more than 1.5 times Earth's diameter). These planets are scorching hot because they orbit very close to their star. But so-called "hot Neptunes," whose atmospheres are heated to more than 1,700 degrees Fahrenheit, have been much harder to find. In fact, only about a handful of hot Neptunes have been found so far.

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John And Martha King Called 'Distinguished' By NAA

Recognized At The Association's Fall Awards Dinner November 27

At the National Aeronautic Association Fall Awards Dinner on November 27, 2018, the NAA added 4 more individuals to the list of Distinguished Statesmen of Aviation. The list includes Mark Burns, the President of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, William Garvey, the Editor-in-Chief of Business and Commercial Aviation magazine, and most unusually, the husband-and-wife team of John and Martha King, Co-Chairmen of King Schools.

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Self-Driving Rovers Tested In Mars-Like Morocco

Three Autonomous Vehicles Tested Over A Two-Week Period

Robots invaded the Sahara Desert for Europe’s largest rover field test, taking place in a Mars-like part of Morocco. For two weeks three rovers and more than 40 engineers tested automated navigation systems at up to five different sites.

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Upwind Scholarship Program To Award Flight Training To A High School Student

Application Deadline Is February 22

The Upwind Foundation (Upwind), now in its seventh year of operation, has released the 2019 scholarship applications and program dates. Upwind provides a scholarship that includes flight and ground training for a high school student to prepare them to obtain their Private Pilot certificate during the summer between their junior and senior year. Upwind was created to provide scholarships for aspiring young pilots to obtain their pilot’s certificate as a way to promote general aviation and to cultivate their interest in aviation as a career.

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Maxar's SSL Highlights Next-Generation Solar Electric Propulsion

New High-Power Thruster Increases Power, Flexibility, Performance For Commercial And Government Missions

SSL, a Maxar Technologies company recently demonstrated its next generation solar-electric propulsion system on two commercial missions to geostationary orbit (GEO). SSL continues to develop commercially sustained high power spacecraft propulsion systems that provide increased power, flexibility and performance for future missions, backed by a long heritage of electric propulsion success.

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Republic Airways And Embraer Sign Firm Order For 100 E-Jet Aircraft

Deliveries To Begin In Second Half Of 2020

Republic Airways Holdings Inc., the world’s largest operator of E-Jet aircraft, announced today that it has finalized a firm order for 100 E175 aircraft with Embraer, which originally was announced at the Farnborough International Airshow in Farnborough, England, earlier this year. With this firm order, Republic is in position to begin accepting deliveries during the second half of 2020.

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EASA Certifies Tecnam P2012 Traveller

FAA Certification Expected To Follow 'Shortly'

ESA has awarded full type certification to Tecnam for its the P2012 Traveller. The arrival into service of the next-generation 11 seat P2012 Traveller is much anticipated by many airlines, who have been demanding a replacement for the many hundreds of ‘heritage’ aeroplanes in the FAR 23/CS23 category currently in service around the world, and is set to open many profitable opportunities in the Short Haul transportation segment.

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Blue Angels' 2020 Season Could Fall Victim To Budget Cuts

Sequestration Might Lead To Cancellation Of 21 Appearances By The Team

The U.S. Navy has sent a document to Congress expressing concerns about the Blue Angels' schedule should there be another round of sequestration in the 2020 budget.

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Fit Trig And Take Advantage Of The FAA 2020 ADS-B Rebate

Offers Express Lane Service For Installation At Authorized Dealers

The deadline for ADS-B in North America 2020 is not that far away. Right now the FAA is offering pilots the opportunity to secure a $500 rebate against the cost of avionics for 2020.

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Thornton, CO City Leaders Table Proposed Drone Ordinance

Say More Information Is Needed Before Decisions Can Be Made

The Thornton, CO city council has tabled a proposed drone ban based on testimony from members of the unmanned aviation community at a recent meeting.

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Klyde Morris (12.24.18)

Klyde Has A Weird Way Of Celebrating The Holidays...


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FAA Formalizes Guidance For Destroyed And Scrapped Aircraft

Outlines Processes To Be Followed When Such A Determination Is Made

This order provides guidance to FAA personnel responsible for evaluating aircraft wreckage and classifying an aircraft as destroyed or scrapped. This order also provides guidance related to actions that are required to be taken when an aircraft is determined to be destroyed or scrapped.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.24.18): Flameout Pattern

Flameout Pattern An approach normally conducted by a single-engine military aircraft experiencing loss or anticipating loss of engine power or control. The standard overhead approach starts at a relatively high altitude over a runway (“high key”) followed by a continuous 180 degree turn to a high, wide position (“low key”) followed by a continuous 180 degree turn final. The standard straight-in pattern starts at a point that results in a straight-in approach with a high rate of descent to the runway. Flameout approaches terminate in the type approach requested by the pilot (normally fullstop).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.24.18)

Aero Linx: The Distinguished Flying Cross Society Whether you are a DFC recipient or just browsing to learn more about our rich history, we hope you enjoy our site. In August, 2012 our Society members and families enjoyed themselves at our National Convention in Seattle, WA. The three day event, with the focus being our WWII members, was praised by all who attended.  The highlights were a very moving talk by Jonna Doolittle Hoppes (Jimmy Doolittle’s granddaughter) and the presentation of plaques to the 16 WWII members attending including one of the five remaining Doolittle Raiders, a Tuskegee airman and a Navy night fighter Ace.  The Society continues to grow and now numbers over 6000

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.24.18)

"I think this is the first case where this is so dramatic in terms of planetary evolution. It's one of the most extreme examples of a planet undergoing a major mass-loss over its lifetime. This sizable mass loss has major consequences for its evolution, and it impacts our understanding of the origin and fate of the population of exoplanets close to their stars." Source: Lead researcher Vincent Bourrier of the University of Geneva in Sauverny, Switzerland, commenting on the phenomena whereby astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope found that one of the warmest known Neptunes (GJ 436b) (described as hot Jupiter-sized planets and hot super-Earth-type planets no more than 1.5 times Earth's diameter) is losing its atmosphere.

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